In the spirit of “everyone should get a trophy so no one gets hurt feelings” I’d like to pass out a few ribbons to some clear losers. If I miss a few losers, call me on it. And I won’t rank them, as that might cause in-fighting amongst the ribbon winners. So without further adieu:
- [mc_name name=’Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’M000355′ ] & [mc_name name=’Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’B000589′ ] – These losers actually come in a matching set. You can’t mention one without the other and their lackluster leadership was mentioned by several candidates. Their failure to stand up to President Obama for fear of a veto pen was highlighted in several different areas. In fact, I think their spineless behavior was agreed to by all candidates at one point or another last night and if you can get that many people to agree on anything at the same time you’ve pulled off a major coup.
- Planned Parenthood – Clearly a big loser last night. Planned Parenthood has benefited from flying under the radar of most media who have sought to ignore the CMP videos for the past couple of months. For people who don’t live on the web, watch Fox, or simply don’t take the time to watch even the shortened video versions they missed the “why” in the congressional fight over PP funding. [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ] and Carly Fiorina did an excellent job in bringing the matter more into the open and hopefully newspapers, magazines and other television networks will see fit to at least mention the subject now. And then, maybe, people will spend a little time looking at one or two of the videos.
- Chief Justice John Roberts – Wow, didn’t see that one coming last night. Sure, it’s ok when we poke him here in our cozy den because of a ruling or two, but he was left hanging out to dry for a short time last night.
- Fox News – And by extension it’s moderators at the debate last month. The moderators at the FOX debate took up so much time asking questions, sometimes convoluted, which left little time for substantive answers. Tapper & Associates could have sought the limelight by interrupting the candidates frequently or taking longer to ask questions, but they didn’t. Understandably, with so many candidates on stage it might have seemed as an exercise in herding cats, but on the whole it went well. And the moderators did not make the entire event about Trump which helped.
There were a lot of topics which have made huge headlines of late but generated little, if any, debate time and should be given honorable mention. The #BlackLivesMatter crew probably feels a little snubbed. As does the Pope. I think Margaret Thatcher drew more air time than him. Nationwide $15 an hour minimum wage or income inequality didn’t get a lot of love. And protesters lost out last night as well. While the Republican debate was going on, sources say ‘dozens’ or ‘hundreds’ (depending on source) of people gathered outside in LA for an immigration NoHateDebate protest; meanwhile back in DC protesters gathered in front of the DNC office waving signs calling for more debates. For democrats.
Because ours look like so much fun.